NV08 in a nutshell:

  • 21Feb (Thu) - Opening party 6p.m. at the Waldorf
  • 22Feb (Fri) - MooseCamp, an "unconference" including Internet BootCamp for beginners. You are encouraged to lead or participate in spontaneous sessions and go to the sessions that make sense for you
  • 23Feb (Sat) - "Traditional" conference covering all aspects of social media including blogging, videoblogging, etc

In 2005, the organizers of Canada's first weblogging conference put on an event that was inexpensive, informal, and accessible to techies and newbies alike. From those humble beginnings Northern Voice has been transformed into... well, actually it's still cheap, friendly and open to all.

Without question, the event has grown due to the overwhelming community response. It's added a second self-organizing day known as Moose Camp. We expect a few more attendees this year, in part because our space is larger. But the core values remain the same -- we have held the line on costs, we try to make the event family-friendly by offering space for parents to establish cooperative child-minding, and we do the main event on Saturday so non-professionals can attend.

And although it is a weblog conference, the range of topics may involve anything that webloggers are interested in... that is, just about anything. Previous years have had plenty of geekery mixed with panels on how blogging interacts with family life, education, travel, photography, community building and establishing professional profiles. Speakers range from the big names at the top of the Technorati rankings to first-time presenters with a passion to share.

And The Moose also throws a pretty kicking party.

It says a lot about how much fun we've had that all of the original organizers are still involved. As the event has grown, and our schedules more packed, we've added reinforcements for fresh energy and new perspectives.

It has been the community that has made Northern Voice worth attending in the past, and we invite you to help make this year's version the best event yet.

Your hosts for Northern Voice:

Darren Barefoot, Kris Krug, Brian Lamb, Cyprien Lomas, Boris Mann, Dale McGladdery, Lori Pike, James Sherrett, Travis Smith, Julie Szabo, Roland Tanglao, Lauren Wood